• February 27, 2024
  • nitesh taliyan
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What Is GitOps

GitOps can be defined as both configuration management and continuous delivery.

From a configuration management perspective, GitOps confirms that the current state of a deployed resource is the desired state. It does this by connecting to a Git-based source control system and scans the Kubernetes Manifests inside of a particular repo in an interval. For example, if you have a Kubernetes Manifest that’s a Deployment with two replicas, the GitOps Controller will continuously check the Kubernetes Manifest within the repository to confirm that the Manifest still says two replicas. If the replica count changes within the Kubernetes Manifest, the GitOps Controller will see that change and deploy the replica count change. If the Kubernetes environment has two replicas and the Manifest changes to three, the GitOps Controller will automatically get the third deployed.

From a continuous delivery perspective, taking the example from above, the third Pod is being deployed automatically for you. Much like in a continuous delivery (CD) pipeline, when you add/change code, the change gets deployed, and the GitOps Controller does the same thing.

Advantages of Argo CD

  • Simplified CD Workflow: Utilize Git as the single source of truth for application configuration, eliminating manual deployments and preventing configuration drift.
  • Enhanced Reliability and Reproducibility: Leverage declarative manifests in Argo CD to define the desired state of applications, ensuring reliable and repeatable deployments.
  • Improved Security and Compliance: Integrate Argo CD with popular Git providers and CI/CD tools, granting precise control over application deployments.

Key Features of Argo CD

  • Declarative Configuration: Define application configuration in Git through manifests like Helm charts or Kustomize.
  • GitOps: Pull configurations from Git repositories and apply them to Kubernetes clusters.
  • Automatic Sync: Continuously monitor and automatically sync applications to the desired state.
  • Rollbacks: Effortlessly revert to previous deployments in case of errors.
  • Multi-cluster: Deploy applications to multiple Kubernetes clusters from a single Git repository.
  • Plugins: Extend Argo CD functionality with plugins for features like canary deployments and blue-green deployments.

How Argo CD Works

  1. Define Configuration in Git: Set the desired application state in manifests (Helm charts or Kustomize) stored in a Git repository.
  2. Install Argo CD: Deploy Argo CD on your Kubernetes cluster using a Helm chart or manifest file.
  3. Connect to Git Repository: Configure Argo CD to connect to your Git repository, monitoring for changes.
  4. Apply Changes to Cluster: Argo CD pulls and applies new configurations, ensuring applications stay up-to-date.

Benefits of Using Argo CD

  • Increased Developer Productivity: Automation of deployments and configuration management lets developers focus on coding and delivering value.
  • Improved Operational Efficiency: Argo CD simplifies workflows, reducing the risk of errors for enhanced operational efficiency.
  • Enhanced Security and Compliance: Enforcing a GitOps approach, Argo CD contributes to improved security and compliance.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: Suitable for single or multiple clusters, Argo CD can be extended with plugins to meet specific needs.

Getting Started with Argo CD

For those interested in trying Argo CD, numerous resources are available, including detailed documentation, tutorials, and examples on the Argo CD website. Engage with the active Argo CD community for support and insights.


Argo CD simplifies Kubernetes deployments and enhances DevOps workflows. Consider Argo CD if you seek automation, increased reliability, and improved security in your deployments.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or insights.

Additional Resources

I hope this provides a comprehensive understanding of Argo CD. If you have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to ask.